La Trobe University chancellor Adrienne E Clarke says the university council remains committed to the well-performing Shepparton campus.By Alexandra Bolkas
La Trobe University chancellor Adrienne E Clarke says the university council remains committed to the well-performing Shepparton campus.
Ms Clarke and five university councillors visited the campus on Thursday and met with community leaders in a bid to strengthen links between the Bundoora and Shepparton campuses.
She said the Shepparton campus was vital to the community and was ‘‘faring quite well’’ despite its small enrolment base.
‘‘It’s covering its costs and making a modest profit,’’ Ms Clarke said.
‘‘It provides a very important service to the local community; there are a lot of students, many mature age, that would actually prefer to do their tertiary studies in their home town and we can provide that.’’
Ms Clarke said campus graduates were uniquely placed to gain employment in the region.
‘‘Many of the graduates are employed in the area when they graduate,’’ she said.
‘‘People studying accounting, the best year two students have already been earmarked for jobs.’’
She said plans to introduce more courses would depend on their budget constraints, but a move to blended learning, including some online and some face-to-face instruction, could get around that.
‘‘We do have some courses where students can do part of their course here and then do a summer intensive at the main campus in Bundoora,’’ Ms Clarke said.
‘‘We’ve got to be very flexible.’’
She said she would like to see the university share more facilities with Goulburn Ovens TAFE.
‘‘So that students can see a ready path from TAFE into university,’’ she said.
Shepparton campus director Liz Lavender said the visit was a great success and the issues discussed ranged from the local dairy industry to educational disadvantage.
‘‘We’ve grown a lot in the last few years and the visit was mostly for the chancellor and the council to get to know members of the community and the regional advisory board,’’ Ms Lavender said.
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